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December 3: Chamber Issues Statement Following Bankruptcy Ruling; Detroit’s Food Economy to be Showcased on December 17

Chamber Issues Statement Following Judge’s Ruling on Detroit Bankruptcy

Today, Judge Steven Rhodes declared that Detroit meets the criteria to be eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Following Judge Rhodes’ ruling, the Detroit Regional Chamber issued the following statement:

“I am not surprised, but relieved, of Judge Rhodes’ decision today,” said Sandy Baruah, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “This now clears the way not only for the bankruptcy proceeding, but also the critical process of reforming city government structures and processes. Bankruptcy is not the ultimate goal. Bankruptcy is a tool to reform and restructure government service delivery in a cost-effective manner that works for the citizens and businesses of Detroit.

I also appreciate the Judge’s apparent admonition to tread carefully regarding pension obligations. While bankruptcy always involves difficult and painful choices, it is important to remember that pension obligations impact real people in a very real way.”

Detroit’s Growing Food Economy to be Showcased at Holiday Reception, Dec. 17

Don’t miss out on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17 at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Detroit’s Eastern Market. A program panel, “The Economy of Taste: Cultivating Detroit’s Food Industry,” will feature food-based and innovative entrepreneurs who are driving success in the regional food economy.

Join hundreds of local business leaders and hear from panelists Jack Corley, sales and marketing at McClure Pickles, Devita Davison, community kitchen coordinator of Detroit Eastern Market, Dave Zilko, vice-chairman of Garden Fresh Gourmet and Lydia Gutierrez, president and CEO of Hacienda Mexican Foods, with moderator Dan Carmody, president of Detroit Eastern Market, as they will showcase opportunities emerging in Detroit’s food economy and the growing industry as a whole.

The annual event will also deliver an update on the Chamber’s work over the past 12 months to power the economy of Southeast Michigan and provide insight on its 2014 priorities.

For more information and to register, click here.

Governor Snyder Urges Michiganders to Join Ambassadors Program

Governor Rick Snyder has encouraged all Michigan citizens to give back by joining the Michigan Ambassadors program through the Community Service Commission at

Run in partnership with the Michigan Community Service Commission and D:hive Detroit, the program is an initiative to encourage Michigan citizens to become active in promoting and participating in the positive things happening in our state. ‘Do Something!’ helps Michiganders get connected to volunteer opportunities, share stories of volunteerism or successes in the state, and pledge to get others involved.

The concept of was introduced at the Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, where Governor Snyder encouraged the state to work together to continue growing the economy. To read more about the program, click here.

Last Chance to Register for Interactive Health Care Education Session, Dec. 10

There is still time to join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MI Health Answers program for a Health Care Reform Interactive session from 4 to 6 p.m. at Atwater Brewery in Detroit. Attendees will be given an overview of health care reform and how it affects their businesses, as well as a question-and-answer session with experts.

Health care reform experts will be in attendance to answer questions, including Michael James, senior health care and business attorney at Fraser Trebilcock Attorneys; Randall Hoover, president at Hoover and Associates; Jon Fenech, outreach representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; and Shannon Saksewski, health education program manager at Detroit Regional Chamber.

Following the event, attendees will be invited to tour the Atwater Brewery. To register for this event, click here.